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McDonald’s CEO Says He Lost 20 Pounds On ‘McDiet’

McDonald's Don Thompson

McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson revealed that he lost around 20 pounds while scarfing the restaurant’s food every single day.

While attending a recent analyst conference, Thompson was asked how the restaurant was coping with the rise of obesity around the globe. It was then that the fast food chain’s CEO revealed he had dropped nearly two dozen pounds while eating the company’s food on a regular basis.

However, don’t let Thompson’s admission fool you. In addition to eating McDonald’s every day, the CEO said he had started working out again. This more than anything else likely helped Thompson shed those unwanted pounds. He also stated that moderation is also the key to a successful diet.

“I think that balance is really important to people,” he explained.

Thompson explained that he’s not eating a Big Mac every time he bellies up to the counter. Some days he will eat a burger, while others he will simply have a salad. Being more active also played a key role in the CEO’s weight loss. Through it all, he’s insists that he’s still eating at McDonald’s.

Although he mentioned them during his conversation, Thompson admitted at the Sanford Bernstein conference on Wednesday that salads only make up around three or four percent of the restaurant’s overall sales. The CEO added that McDonald’s doesn’t “see salads being a major growth driver.”

Thompson, who has been on the job for about a year, said the fast food chain offers customers a number of healthier options. However, at the end of the day it’s all about exercise and moderation. He remarked that Europeans are rarely heavy because they tend to walk more than others.

In theory, exercise and a balanced McDonald’s diet could help you lose weight. Thompson certainly seems to think highly of his products; the CEO recently said the restaurant isn’t in the business of selling junk food.

What do you think about the McDonald’s CEO losing 20 pounds while eating at the restaurant on a regular basis?

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12 Responses to “McDonald’s CEO Says He Lost 20 Pounds On ‘McDiet’”

  1. Anonymous

    I suspect it is the overpriced chicken stuff since Chiconalds does not serve watermelon. Or could be the after the meal vomit. The food is overpriced junk. What draws people there is the refillable dollar drinks which will only up the diabetes epidemic=way to much sugar for a person to consume.

  2. Brandon Wallach

    He used ronnald's fat sucking machine that you can get after buying and eating 23,000 big macs. I mean really, is this one a very bad smoke screen B.O.S. or what?
    All this is, is damage control and if there is no independant monitor of this so called weight loss then leave it where it belongs. In the toilet!

  3. Patrick Frye

    I can believe it. I remember reading how a doctor lost weight on a twinkies only diet. Since the body metabolizes the ingredients so quickly the trick was to slice the twinkies up and eat the slices regularly throughout the day based upon the total calories required in a day.

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